Do you like to write? Do you enjoy trivia? Do you consider yourself to be a fact junkie? Then you could make money by asking and answering questions at WebAnswers. This is a website very similar to Yahoo Answers. The main difference is that WebAnswers is a revenue sharing website and their members get paid for participation. It is free to register and ask questions.
Members get paid through Google AdSense. Members can either set up a new AdSense account through WebAnswers or link to an existing AdSense account. New members need to answer at least 50 questions before they are eligible to link their AdSense account to WebAnswers. Once there is $100 or more accumulated in the AdSense account, the member is paid by Google.
More detail about AdSense Earnings on WebAnswers
Each contributing member is given a Quality Score rating. The more thorough and accurate answers that you provide, the higher your Quality Score will be. Quality is much more important than the quantity of questions answered. Quality Scores get a boost when answers are lengthy (not just a few sentences), logical, and written in proper English grammar and spelling.
WebAnswers does not reveal exactly how they determine members’ Quality Scores. They won’t divulge the intricacies of the Quality Score system, since they don’t want any members attempting to manipulate the system. It is safe to say that your Quality Score is heavily impacted by level of participation and the quality and completeness of answers.
There is a direct correlation between Quality Score rating and the amount of money you will make. WebAnswers tend to show more ads with a member’s AdSense ID when their Quality Score rating is high. This translates into more AdSense impressions compared to members who have a lower Quality Score. More page impressions increases the possibility of more AdSense clicks on a member’s AdSense ads.
In order to get the most out of WebAnswers, you will need to be very active and participate regularly. Successful members stick to answering questions from topics where they are knowledgeable. The members who make the most money are the ones who provide very thorough, detailed answers to several questions per day. It goes almost without saying that members who participate seldom, do not make as much money as the most active members. So, quantity, quality and consistency are very important to the Quality Score rating and earnings potential.
Awarded Answers and Adsense earnings
When someone asks a question, they have the option to “award” one person who posts an answer to their question. The Awarded Answer is the answer that the asker chooses as the best answer.
A member makes a percentage on of the AdSense revenue from webpages displaying their Awarded Answers. The asker also earns a percentage of the adsense revenue until the question gets an awarded answer.
As mentioned before, members are paid through AdSense. The amount of money earned is based on factors such as the number of clicks to your AdSense ads, the number of page impressions, CPC (Cost per click), and eCPM. Certain advertisers are willing to pay more money per click from the ads that display on WebAnswers. Ad categories such as Health, Legal, Finance, Beauty tend to have higher AdSense CPC (cost per click) and eCPMs.
Please understand that you aren’t allowed to click on your own ads or ask others to. This will get you kicked off WebAnswers and banned from the AdSense program. WebAnswers doesn’t tolerate plagiarized content on their website. Plagiarism could result in termination of a user’s account.
Copying and pasting is not allowed. They use a software which detects when users have copied and pasted a group of text from somewhere, even word processing software. Any posts containing copied and pasted text will be flagged and checked by moderators for plagiarism.
How much can you earn on WebAnswers?
Don’t expect to make big money on WebAnswers. There is no real way of knowing how much money you will make on WebAnswers, because of the unpredictability of AdSense revenue. Some members are able to earn several hundred dollars per month. What I gleaned from reading forums and responses from members, is that the average member makes about $50-$150 per month by answering a 5-10 question per day. This is just a rough estimate, because people aren’t allowed to give exact figures on their AdSense income and CTR’s.
Also, WebAnswers shows member’s ads on different pages through out the website- not just on Awarded Answer pages or questions asked. They don’t tell members where their ads are shown. As far as I know, you can’t track your earnings in Google Analytics. So, it is pretty difficult to tell which webpages are earning more money.
You can also make money by referring traffic to WebAnswers and others to join WebAnswers.
Cons of WebAnswers:
Some of the members who ask questions take a very long time to award answers or never award answers. Each member who participates in answering a question, will receive AdSense impressions on a rotated basis until the question is awarded. The more people who answer a question, the more dilute the earnings potential of the question. So, if 30 people answer a question the asker and all 30 of the members who’ve answered the question will have their AdSense ID rotated on that webpage until an Awarded Answer is selected.
They don’t like for people to put links in answers, especially affiliate and self-promotional links. Therefore, posts that contain links are flagged by their system and moderated. It is a measure taken to reduce spam.
Google has removed their ads from WebAnswers quite a few times. I am not sure why this happens and it could be due to many reasons. My guess is that Google may find some posts on the website that they don’t think are appropriate. When this occurs all members lose AdSense revenue until Google decides to reinstate WebAnswers‘s AdSense account. The last time that this happened the ads were gone for nearly a week.
Their support forum for members is not very active. It is supposed to be a place for members to voice their concerns in an organized fashion. The members seem to prefer to just post direct questions and concerns through WebAnswers. That’s okay, but I think it would be easier for members to access this type of info in the dedicated support forum. The owners of the website don’t seem to be very active over there. Since I joined, I haven’t heard any updates from them, including when problems arise.
One thing that should be pointed out is that WebAnswers is not open to people in all countries. Check the terms of service to find out whether you are eligible to register.
I am a firm believer in not putting your eggs in one basket, so I spend just a few days a week there. I do it to keep my participation levels up and my account active. Some people complain that as their participation drops, their earning levels and AdSense impressions decline. Another thing that I should add is that once you submit content to WebAnswers, you lose copyrights to what you publish there. So, be sure to keep this in mind.
I joined WebAnswers in March 2014 and expect good things from them. I plan to experiment with it for some time and see what develops.